The Versatility of Vanilla

Late winter. How many of us are still craving stews and pot roasts? With this unusually warm “winter” we’ve been having, and our daffodils already peeking through the ground cover, we can’t help but wonder if spring is right around the corner. It has us thinking about spring fruit and produce more than ever, to just hurry up and get here!

Call us impatient, but we know we’re still stuck with winter’s produce in the meantime. Maybe some lovely blood oranges or kiwis, pink and red grapefruits, even an Anjou pear or two! With that, we’ve come up with this delicious, yet versatile vanilla yogurt cream, which works well for every season — even those that are confused (and shall remain nameless, you Winter of 2012)!

Vanilla Yogurt Cream
Ingredients for 1 pint Creative Whip
2 cups vanilla yogurt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp confectioners sugar
pinch vanilla seeds (from the bean), optional

Procedure:
Mix all ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved and pour into a 1 pint iSi Creative Whip and screw on 2 iSi cream chargers and shake vigorously after each charge. Chill for at least 30 minutes. To serve, this versatile cream pairs well with any meal: dollop on top of seasonal fresh fruit, oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast,  lamb shanks or lobster for dinner and chocolate or poached apples for dessert, just to name a few.

Note: You can substitute or add to the vanilla for any kind of additional flavoring, such as a touch of lemon or orange oil, based on your dish. Really anything pairs fabulously with this cream.

Photo adapted from A Series of Kitchen Experiments

Post and photo by Judiaann Woo | PUBLISHED: February 24, 2012